In honour of Fashion Revolution Week, we would like to introduce you to the team that bring your Woolerina garments to life. We are extremely proud of them and I asked them to share with you their favourite things about working at Woolerina.
Meet Warwick... Warwick is the founder of Woolerina and has held a strong passion for Merino wool for over 45 years! Warwick held a dream of taking Merino wool directly off-farm and following it through to a finished garment that dream led to Woolerina! Warwick is very involved in all aspects of the business however his primary role is selecting the raw wool for our garments and following the process through the spinning of the yarn, knitting and dying of our fabrics and then to the cutting and sewing of garments.
"I enjoy seeing the response from our customers when they feel and try our garments on and their realisation of how wonderful the wool fibre is. It really gives me a buzz when the customers comment on the quality, not only the feel of our fabrics but also the finish of our garments."
Meet Rosemary... Rosemary is in charge of our front of house. You will often meet her if you shop in-store and if you order online, your order is more often-than-not packed by Rosemary. Rosemary is always very willing to help out wherever she can and sometimes can be found tying swing tags on garments or sweeping the work room floor!
"I love the diversity of my job, and the people I work with. I love their passion for the entire process of producing the end product ethically."
Meet Pippa + Penny... Penny and I are sisters, best friends and Warwick's daughters. We have followed in Dad's footsteps and share his passion for Merino wool - maybe because we were always told from day dot, "if you are cold, put a merino wool singlet on!" I am primarily in charge of marketing, social media and our wholesale customers and Penny is really the back bone to Woolerina and keeps us all in line.
"We love our team! Everyone is unique and brings their own personal touch to each aspect of their job. We are so appreciative of our team and how hard they work and everyone's willingness to jump in wherever needed to get the job done!"
Meet Charlene, Delia, Melissa and Trudie (away when picture was taken)...
Delia is our production manager and has been working at Woolerina since 2014 when she came for “just a few days work”… seven years later, she’s still here! Delia creates all of our patterns and manages our team of sewers. She is also the most nurturing and kind lady, if you ever need an ear, Delia is there for us all.
"The people are great to work with, it's very collaborative, all opinions are valued. It is not working when you enjoy what you are doing each day."
Charlene is one of our machinists with a very high attention to detail and she has been part of the Woolerina team for nearly two years, she is always very willing to help out where needed but also very happy to put her head down and get the job done!
"I love the product and am proud to be in a team that has a high standard of workmanship. I love that Woolerina is a locally based country business who employs people to stay in a rural community"
Melissa is another one of our machinists with over 6 years at Woolerina. She has recently started to manage our CAD system ensuring all of our patterns are correctly digitised. She is always very willing to help out and share her knowledge with other team members when needed.
"I love working at Woolerina because even after working here for almost 7 years I am still finding opportunities to learn from not only advances in technology and fabrics, but also from team mates."
Trudie is the latest addition to our team, bringing years of sewing experience with her. Trudie is very willing to jump in when needed and sure knows how to get the machines humming!
"The thing I love about Woolerina is you are part of a family, not just a number. I love hearing Warwick, Penny and Pippa show customers and visitors through our work room as to hear them talk so passionately about what they have been able to produce makes me proud to be apart of this Australian and local business."
I hope you have enjoyed meeting our team, we are very proud to say that this is the team of people that make your Woolerina's!